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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohn's.When my disease was in remission. I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and is able to walk because of them. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kaan's Kozy Kraft House Kraziness!

I had a busy weekend!  I went with two of my friends and met up with five other women to scrapbook for the weekend.  We went to Kaan's Kozy Kraft House .  It is in Belgium, WI and not far to drive.  I am amazed that we managed to get ourselves into the car with all that we had packed for a weekend!
 

This is a flip page that we made of the house.

 
 
I also worked on my pocket letter exchange, made a necklace, and got SOME pages done on my San Antonio trip.  I think I will still be scrapbooking it on my next retreat!
 
Here are some of my favorite pages:  (I got a glare off of the sleeves.)
 



 
The necklace I made
 
 
I also used a cricut machine to cut out a bunch of apples for my Red Hat party favors, and of course, I can't show my pocket letter here.
 
A great bunch of talented and beautiful ladies!
Fun times!
 
 


Monday, August 17, 2015

So Many Committments, So Little Time!

Saturday night my bff had us over for a cook out!  Everything was so good when you have good company, weather and enjoy it outdoors!  There were no mosquitos either!  Woo hoo!
 
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I have a mess in my house.  I was collecting things for a garage sale, but it is being postponed till next summer!  I need to price some things and put them in a corner in the basement.  In the meanwhile, I have jewelry in my living room and dining room, and boxes and such in my computer room.  I will deal with it when I get back....
 
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Next weekend I am going to a Scrapbooking Retreat!  I had to organize my photos from my San Antonio trip.  I have to pack up my tools, etc.  That too, is in my living room!
 
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I made a commitment to participate in a pocket letter swap through Debbie at Garage Sale Girl. This is my first pocket letter swap.  I need to make 9 ATC's and get creative.  Oh, did I tell you it is due in two weeks?
 
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I need to make 19 party favors for our September Red Hat meeting.  (September 1st!).  The theme is back to school.  Time to play with my Cricut!
 
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I am mentally prioritizing my projects.  It will ALL get done!
 
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I have blogging questions.
1.  I have been having a heck of time changing my blog picture!  I have Google BlogSpot.  Everytime I choose a photo of myself, it says it is too big.
 
2.  I would love to "clean up" my blogs that I no longer follow.  I don't know how to do this either.
 
3.  I would love to add blogs that I follow to my title page, but don't know how to do that either.
 
Help!
 
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Fun

When we got back from vacation I got sick with a summer cold or allergies, or something.
I used orange essential oil, took Airborne, Rootology  to help me breathe), Tylenol and got plenty of rest.
 
By the following Friday, I felt "human."  My bff had scheduled a beach day.  She had two of her granddaughters visiting.  Her stepdaughter and her daughter (my niece and great niece) came up as well as my sister, my nephew and his three boys!
 
Watching the ball game.
No, you can't have my candy bar!  You turned yours down!
 
The "wet heads."  It's only summer rain!


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Yesterday I met my bff and the grands at the aquatic center.  We managed to have some fun too, although we needed help getting off of our tubes!

 
I have not done much "summer stuff."  Too hot, too rainy, too tired, etc.  I had to get talked into this!
Had a good time! 




Monday, August 10, 2015

Our Mini Vacation to Dubuque

We went on our little mini vacation.  When we got back, I got sick....thus, my absence here.
 
We went to Dubuque, Iowa, a place within 4 hours of driving and somewhere we have not been before!
 
We left on a Thursday and stopped at Jim's sister's house.  They live in southern Wisconsin, so it was on the way...kind of.  My plan was to take them for lunch, but she made lunch for all of us.  We had a very nice visit!  I am sure it was good for them to visit with some adults, as they have been taking care of their grandkids every weekend while their son recovers from a stroke.  He is only 39 and works for the sheriff's department....the epitome of health!  He was fortunate to have been working at the time, so his coworkers recognized what was happening, could start emergency services and rush him to the hospital!  He is recovering well, but it will be a while before he is back on duty.  Now he is a spokesman for Stroke Awareness...that it can happen to anyone!  We are so proud of him!
 
 
I got side tracked.  Our journey continued to Dubuque.  It was awesome to see the change in landscape as we neared the Mississippi River!  As we crossed and entered Dubuque, the bluffs are "in" and part of the city!  Such magnificent views!  Oh, and so much history and beautiful old buildings!
 











 
We went to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  We weren't that impressed with the aquarium, but the museum was interesting, although the squid was quite lively!.  The most interesting thing I read was about a riverboat that exploded while carrying soldiers from the Civil War.  They had survived the war, the POW camps, and because of the company wanting to make more money, the ship's boiler was patched instead of being replaced, and the ship exploded killing more than a hundred soldiers and
deck hands.
 
We saw a 3-D movie about Robots and how they are helpful with so many things that humans cannot do, like in entering the power plant in Japan to shut it down after the tsunami.
 
We went to the Hamm mansion built by a man who amassed his fortune in lead mining.   He also was a farmer and land developer.    He outlived two wives.  He lost his fortune in a recession or crash around the late 1800's.  His house was left to his youngest daughter, used as a cancer ward, and finally left to the city.
 
We also  saw all about how the miners lived, brought the lead up, etc.  It was hot.  There were a lot of hills.  We were tired, and hungry and it was a long day!  Poor Dan was really exhausted.  He has CP, and that much walking is hard enough, but then up and down hills?
 
 
On Saturday we headed home. I had to get a picture of the clock tower!

 
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We stopped in New Glarus, where Jim bought some beer...only to find he could get it at Festival grocery store here cheaper!
 
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Most interesting meal:  Our son, Dan had a hamburger with peanut butter, jelly and pepperjack cheese!  It was good....really!
 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Relay for Life and other News

I never did go to my class reunion.  By the time the weather cleared up last  Saturday, I decided to stay home and do laundry!  I didn't really feel like going alone.
 
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The week was quiet.  On Monday, I met with my sister and we finally went through Mom's jewelry and papers.  We each took some things, but most of her jewelry was costume jewelry and will go in my rummage sale.  I took Mom's little gold wedding band from our dad.  I am also the keeper of the birth and baptism certificates. I love this one from Germany.  Mom was born in Wisconsin but the church used these certificates.  It was falling apart, tearing at the creases.  I just put it in a frame.
 

 
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This last weekend was the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  I went to support my bff, Linda.
 
 
 
After we were done there, Linda and I went to a rummage sale with scrapbooking things. One can never have too many crafting supplies!
 
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I have a shopping problem!  With the Internet, and Pay Pal, it is just too darn easy!  Lately I have purchased model Cindy Crawford's "Meaningful Beauty" system and should have skin just like hers and look decades younger!  (Early morning infomercial!)  I purchased a new and improved Sonic Electric Toothbrush  (a deal on one of the morning TV shows). 
 
I have also discovered Scrapbook selling sights and bought some embellishments.  Oh, and of course, I had to have some of these purse organizers.  I can use them for my Bible journaling, scrapbooking, or to organize my purse!
 
I have also purchased a new item for over my sofa, but will wait until hubby hangs it up to show you a picture! 
 
Lately, I can't hang on to money.  We should probably purchase a new stove and refrigerator while I still have it.



 




Saturday, July 18, 2015

Everything but the Kitchen Sink!

It's been a quiet week.  That's okay! 
 
 I want to have a Garage Sale in August.  I have been going through my jewelry.  I have way too much!  (Oh, there's that earring that I was missing for years!)  I am undecided whether to include clothing in my sale ...  women's clothes don't go well.  I have tons of jewelry and also crafts.  I want others to put stuff in too, and I am borrowing tables from a friend.
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I had a Jamberry  Facebook party.  Today is the last day to order!  (My name is Debbie W if you want to give my party credit!).  I love the nail wraps, but I have VERY damaged lumpy thumbs, so I ordered the nail lacquers and Smooth it Out nail base.  I will use the wraps for accent nails.  I recently tried acrylic nails for my thumbs, but they lifted right away.  Then I got one nail fixed, and that also lifted.  The result, is my nail (my real nail) started to peel!  Not a pretty sight!
The good news, is that it IS healing and the nail is restoring itself.
 
 
 
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My son's birthday was this week.  Hard to believe he is 30 years old!  My husband had golf league, so Dan and I went out to eat at Applebees'.  I had ordered one of the low calorie selections, but I hated the taste!  All I could taste is lemony broccoli!  So I ended up sending it back and ordered what my son had:  the Macaroni and Cheese with Honey flavored Chicken Strips.  I am sure it was 4-5 times the amount of calories, but it sure is tasty!  (I only ate half and took half home).
 
The next day I went out to breakfast with my hubby.  We haven't done that in quite a while.  I had purchased a Groupon for $10 for a $20 credit!  It was delicious and relaxing!
 
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I lost my scrapbook journaling pens!  I made a trip to Hobby Lobby.  I like that I can just pull up the coupon on my phone!  Sometimes, technology rocks!  There was something that caught my eye.
 
 
Oooh, it looks so good with my sofa!  I can't wait to have my husband hang this for me.
 
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A friend of mine introduced me to Bible Journaling.  It is a combination of study and art all done in an art book or your Bible.  I had purchased a Bible for this purpose.  My first page is not quite done.  I needed the journaling pens.  I am learning the hard way what mediums bleed through, etc.  I would suggest that if you are going to try this, to purchase an old Bible at a thrift store or even use an art book.  I could have saved a lot of money!
 
 
I was all excited to get my Crayola Twistables and Pencils bucket!  I also picked up these Project Life cards and hope to incorporate them somehow into my journaling.  I would never be able to explain this to my husband!
 
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Thunderstorms are going through.  Today is a tour of my old high school and also the 45th class reunion.  It is being held at a park.  Hmmm.  Wonder how the weather will be.  I will just take my umbrella and play it by ear.  I really want to take the tour!
 
Have a good weekend!
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Another Busy Summer Week!

Another busy week!
 
I started out the week with a visit to my nephrologist (kidney doctor).  I am still Stage IV, but no
changes in my lab work, so that is good.  Go back in 6 months!  I am a boring patient, but that is good!
 
Tuesday night was our Red Hat Luau at our Queen's house.  Sandi and her husband went all out decorating and she had yummy Mai Tai's (alcoholic and non alcoholic).  The food was delicious!
I discovered I do NOT like poi.  Yuck!  We each got a gift from her and I got some colorful socks!  Those are always nice.  Can't have too many pairs of socks!  Sandi said she got everything, the leis, the flowers for our hair, the decorations, gift bags, etc. at the Dollar Bill store!  (The Dollar Tree, but shall now be known as the Dollar Bill store!)
 
 
 
On Wednesday, my sister and I went on a bus trip with the Senior Center for an over nighter!
First, we went to the Brewer game.  For a time they were losing badly, my sister was nodding off, but then in the bottom of the 8th, a home run, and they scored two more!  It was exciting!
 

After the game, we departed for Harrah's Casino in Joliet, Illinois.  We hit 5 o'clock traffic so it was slow going.  The air conditioning on the bus made me cold.  I was tired, cold and hungry!  I ended up using my heating pad to warm up my legs.  We didn't get there till almost 9pm.  We got into our room, then roamed the place to find the restaurant.  The lines had settled down, by the time we got our coupons and such so we were able to order and sit down.  The food was good and cost us a whopping $1.65 for the both of us, after coupons!
 
We played the slots a little bit.  My sister won $40 and I lost $40.  Time for bed!  They had the most comfortable rooms!  We couldn't hear the AC, the bed was huge and SO comfortable and we both wanted to take our pillow home.  (We didn't).
 
The next morning we just ordered breakfast and decided to eat in our room  No more slots for me, but that was okay.
 
Next, on to the race track!
 
 
Our new Director, Tammy and the bus driver!


We wore our sweatshirts, but it actually got quite hot out and I
 even got a sunburn!
 

Of course, I didn't win anything at the races either, but my sister won a little bit.  It is all automated betting machines.  It took a while before we learned what we were doing, so we could lose our money twice as fast!  Well, I always set myself a limit!
 
We had a good time, nice talk on the way home, a pleasant dinner at Culvers' and got home around 9pm.  I was exhausted!